ERIC Number: ED300447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Reappraising Personal Experience in the Reform of Curriculum in Educational Administration.
Bredeson, Paul V.
The use of personal administrative experiences as bases for thinking about and effecting curricular reform in educational administration is discussed. The purposeful application of individual past experiences is valuable to the reform effort in that it taps a vital resource of individual knowledge and suggests a way of bridging the chasm between the worlds of practice and individual experience and that of theory. The philosophy of J. Dewey and the work of R. S. Usher are used extensively to support this thesis. The notion of knowledge and learning as a transformation of experience is discussed, and the processes of reflection as mediators of individual experiences are addressed. The key concern of the paper is how to convince professors and, in turn, their students that individual experiences and biographies have worth beyond the anecdotal illumination of extant theories in the area of educational administration. A model depicting the interaction of reflective skills, conceptions of learning and knowledge, educational tasks and assessment, and use of experience is outlined. (TJH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (Cincinnati, OH, October 28-30, 1988).